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Lighting Controls for Energy Savings

If you’re ever looking for an interesting perspective on technology, chances are your parents have one.  Take my father for instance; he has taken lighting innovation to the next level.  As opposed to upgrading his lighting controls to reduce his energy bill, he has evolved to develop echolocation sensory capabilities (what bats use to navigate in the dark) so he can walk through our house with scarcely any light.  Honestly, two fixtures, dimmed to their lower limit, is all the light you will find throughout the house after sunset.

To his credit, he does use some lighting controls (dimmers), but thankfully lighting controls have come a long way so the rest of us (normal humans) need not develop extrasensory capabilities to save energy. 

Lighting controls technologies today include dimmers, occupancy sensors, time scheduling, bi-level switching, and demand lighting.  For a description of these technologies and their applications, click here.  To maximize your savings, it is best to consider a whole building strategy; for most applications, this involves using multiple lighting controls in conjunction.

If you own or operate a commercial building and are considering lighting upgrades, you should know that there is significant potential for savings.  The use of occupancy sensors alone is estimated to reduce lighting energy costs by 25-40%, depending on their application.  You don’t need to live in the dark to save a buck, but good luck convincing your parents of that.

For more information on lighting upgrades for commercial and industrial applications, visit

Posted 09-27-2010 3:04 PM by sorensone


Louise wrote re: Lighting Controls for Energy Savings
on 05-31-2011 10:51 PM

Got it! Thanks a lot again for helinpg me out!

Joe Estrada wrote re: Lighting Controls for Energy Savings
on 08-20-2013 10:39 AM

Great tips in energy saving! So many people don’t realize the electricity use that is actually being consumed by their family. It is important to make sure that all your members are conscious on saving energy and are being proactive. Simple actions can make a difference, such as turning the lights off or using the dimmers, turning your electronic devices when not in usage, turn off the air conditioner, open the windows during nice days, and use your dryer less. Also, as your electronics break or you upgrade on appliances look for energy efficient ones. This includes light bulbs and light fixtures.

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